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Auxiliary Services Definition

The Section 504 regulation contains the following requirement relating to a postsecondary school's obligation to provide auxiliary aids to qualified students who have disabilities:

The Higher Education Institution shall take such steps as are necessary to ensure that no student with a disability is denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in or otherwise subjected to discrimination under the education program or activity operated by the recipient because of the absence of educational auxiliary aids for students with impaired sensory, manual, or speaking skills.

Examples of Auxiliary Aids

Some of the various types of auxiliary aids and services may include:

  • taped texts
  • notetakers
  • interpreters
  • readers
  • videotext displays
  • television enlargers
  • talking calculators
  • electronic readers
  • Braille calculators, printers, or typewriters
  • telephone handset amplifiers
  • closed caption decoders
  • open and closed captioning
  • voice synthesizers
  • specialized gym equipment
  • calculators or keyboards with large buttons
  • reaching device for library use
  • raised-line drawing kits
  • assistive listening devices
  • assistive listening systems
  • telecommunications devices for deaf persons

Technological advances in electronics have improved vastly participation by students with disabilities in educational activities.  Colleges are not required to provide the most sophisticated auxiliary aids.

Requesting Auxiliary Aids and Services

  • To request academic adjustments and/or Auxiliary Aids and services, students should contact the DRC to schedule and appointment
  • Students will have an opportunity to meet with an Accommodation specialist to discuss their disability and individual service needs
  • The Accommodation Specialist and student will submit a request for services to the appropriate member of the Auxiliary Services Team